Flanked by rustic stone columns and carved lions, 5 Seasons Brewing's entrance looks like the secluded front to a Napa Valley villa, belying its cozy atmosphere and community-focused mission to provide tasty, affordable food and drink. Founded by chef David Larkworthy—son of a pioneering advocate of using organic food in restaurants—Five Seasons Brewing carries its commitment to community to its ingredients, cooking with a cornucopia of regularly shifting local produce from a gaggle of affiliated farms. The menu features such fusion dishes as crispy alligator served with a blackened chili glaze and Remoulade. At tables, guests dig in to home-baked bread, whose warm crust exudes tangy scents from the brewery's spent beer grain.
In the towering tanks that skirt the pub, brewmaster Kevin McNerney creates a kaleidoscopic selection of unique small-batch beers. The cofounder of flagship Georgia brewer SweetWater, McNerney brings two decades of experience to his craft, making refreshing brews such as the Chug Monkey and turning to ancient Belgian traditions to make his crisp, orange-infused witbier.
Robert Gayle, the executive chef at and owner of Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe & Upscale Lounge, combines his Caribbean background with a Culinary Institute of America education, gathering flavors from around the world to refine a menu of island comfort fare. After spending his childhood in Jamaica and the West Indies, Chef Rob relocated to the United States and began to develop his culinary lobe at age 13 by working as a steward in Brooklyn. His skills and prestige steadily increased over time, allowing him to eventually open P. Diddy's Atlanta venture, Justin's Restaurant, in 1997 and prepare meals for such celebrities as Jennifer Lopez and Akon. Chef Rob's mental rolodex includes recipes for curried goat, dry-rubbed spare ribs, and his signature spicy jerk seasoning, which he massages into mesquite-grilled chicken. For lighter nighttime fare, diners can convene in the newly opened Chef Rob's Upscale Lounge for hookah, top-shelf cocktails, satisfying tapas, and signature wines. The contemporary furniture completes the swanky atmosphere.
Colorful instruments erupt with sound as belly dancers twirl and shake their bejeweled torsos to the musical beats. As the dancers weave between tables, some diners remain enraptured by the show while others carry on intimate conversations with their companions. Along with belly dancing on Friday and Saturday night, Fanoos Persian Cuisine hosts flamenco music and dancing by performer Calo Gitano on the first Sunday of each month.
In the kitchen, cooks flit about with the same merriment as the dancers. The owners fondly remember the Persian flavors that highlighted their youth and commemorate these recollections with a menu replete with familiar and lesser-known Mediterranean dishes. Steaming platters of shish kebabs and veggie-rich stews served alongside beds of rice round out the menu and complement spirits and international bottles of wine. For special occasions, they also rent out their restaurant for events to entertain up to 400 guests.
Natural light streams through wide, white-draped windows, dappling the open, airy space of tables and booths at Nancy G's. While relaxing in the casual and friendly atmosphere, diners can peruse the menu for brunch, lunch, and dinner fare made with a mama's love and a culinary stranger's panache. Brunch, the Minotaur of the meal universe, is a simple affair. Try the classic eggs benedict ($9), the buttermilk pancakes ($6), or two buttermilk biscuits served with red-eye sausage gravy and two eggs any style ($8). Because breakfast has long been an excuse to eat dessert as a meal, Nancy G's crafts a delectable, homemade Swedish apple crêpe ($11), brimming over with cinnamon apples and Nancy's special cinnamon-honey granola mix.
Jose Emidio Sapeta's epicurean journey began on the idyllic Portuguese island of Madeira, but swiftly landed him in the kitchens of Western European eateries, English taverns, and fine Italian restaurants. That might explain the clash of culinary cultures marbled throughout the Emidio's Restaurant menu, which incorporates creative tapas, pastas, and meat dishes bearing Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian influences. Sips of the signature sangria chase bold bites of the restaurant's slew of spicy dishes, coming to a dulcet coda with homemade desserts. During temperate seasons, guests can take in fresh breezes on the outdoor patio as live musicians fill the night air with adorable cartoon music notes.